BDN Workshop Series: Networking and Sisterhood: Keys to Building a Supportive Professional Community

  • April 20, 2021
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


  • This bundles 4 workshops of your choosing.
  • This bundles all 8 workshops in the complete series.

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Short Description of the Workshop:

In this workshop, Dr. Mel speaks to us about the importance of securing healthy, affirming relationships with fellow women throughout one's career that are critical for growth in academic and industry settings. She shares how she began teaching in higher education at 25 while pursuing her PhD full-time and the later challenges of being faculty, launching a nonprofit, pursuing chaplaincy, and a second doctorate as a bi-vocational spiritual leader and how a supportive community of associates, mentors, and friends provides necessary guidance and complements pursuing purpose.

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Melody Shelton Williams is a native of Hampton Roads, Virginia. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in English from Old Dominion University (ODU) in 2014. She also obtained her M.A. from ODU in 2009, and her B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005. In May of 2021, at age 36 she will complete her second doctorate, a Doctor of Ministry, from Virginia Union University. Dr. Mel is currently an assistant professor of English at Norfolk State University. Outside of her academic endeavors she runs a faith-based nonprofit, The DREAMS Institute, providing ministry and resources to underserved students and women of color, and has joined Riverside Regional Health System as a Chaplain. Dr. Mel enjoys spending her free-time baking cupcakes with her talented seven-year-old, Hope.

Follow Up:

A Zoom link will be provided to everyone who registers to this event via email when you sign up.

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NOTE: The BDN Workshop Series will be audio and video recorded.

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